Category Archives: Adverse Health Effects

Not Giving Up

“The residents and their backers at Wind Concerns Ontario – a provincial anti-wind farm group – are not ready to give up the fight. Their spokesperson Margaret Benke says they have 30 days to request a review of the decision, and they intend to do so.”
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Standard-Freeholder|By: Alan S Hale|January 6, 2019

Challenge to stop wind farm in North Stormont fails

FINCH — An attempt by a group of residents from North Stormont to try to quash a wind power project from being constructed in the area ended in failure on Friday, after the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal ruled they had failed to prove windmills would harm human health, local animal and plant life, or the environment.

The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont had appealed a renewable energy approval the Ministry of the Environment had granted to allow the project, Nation Rise Wind Farm GP Ltd., to proceed.

The process to arrive at a decision took many months. Weeks of hearings were held in Finch and Toronto, where the participants brought in dozens of experts to argue both sides about the potential impacts of the wind farm on people and the environment while being cross-examined by lawyers.

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Quiet~ The essential need for Perceptual Comfort

Mothers Against Wind Turbines was founded by mothers whose children have a range of disabilities most which fall into the Autistic Spectrum.   Our children struggle with everyday exposures to light, sound, and movement naming a few, among many challenges.    Many of our families have purposely chosen to live in quiet rural areas to provide our children the best environment to grow and thrive so they can achieve their best potential in life.

With the installation of wind powered generation facilities adjacent to our homes and in our communities we are faced with the unrelenting intrusion and trespass by industrial wind turbines and its associated infrastructures discharging light, noise, movement, electrical emissions into the most intimate of places that should be one of security, peace and our children’s sanctuary.

The following article talks about research of noise impacting living spaces and what that means for vulnerable populations such as those with autism, the elderly or those who are noise sensitive.

“Perceptual comfort means that the acoustics falls in ranges that people consider comfortable, clear, pleasant,”

The Bizarre Experience Of Sitting Inside The ‘Quietest Room On Earth’

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Take a moment and think about the quietest room you’ve ever laid down in; the quietest, stillest place you’ve ever been. No matter how peaceful, how serene, there was still some sound: the rush of water in pipes, the hum of electricity in the walls, the breeze gently blowing, insects chirping; the ambient noise of nature, of life.

If you take a 15-minute car ride from downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find a nondescript concrete building with ivy climbing its exterior walls. Orfield Laboratories sits a block away from a bowling alley called Memory Lanes and directly across the street from Skol Liquors. Inside Orfield Laboratories is an anechoic chamber that has been certified by Guinness as the quietest place in the world.

That still bedroom you were in? The ambient noise was probably about 30 dBA, or A-weighted decibels — the relative loudness of sound perceived by the human ear. This is a logarithmic scale, so every 10 dBA, you’re either doubling or halving the loudness or quietness. At zero dBA, the human ear can no longer perceive sound. The anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories was certified by Guinness at -9.4 dBA in 2004 and -13 dBA in 2013, both for one hour measurements. But over shorter periods, they’ve conducted tests on the chamber that have given readings of up to between negative 22 and negative 23 dBA.

That’s just in terms of what instruments can read in the room. The human ear has no way of telling that difference in sound (or lack thereof). If a room or chamber is 0 dBA or lower, you won’t hear anything. Nothing at all. The difference between -9.4 dBA and -23 dBA sounds the same to our pitiful flesh-ears. But it made a difference to me. I wanted to be in the quietest room on Earth…..

Orfield Laboratories primarily works in architecture, product development and in office research. They’re attempting to make living and working conditions better for everyone, with a specific focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are on the autistic spectrum. Not to put too fine a point on it, but their research is crucial in our busy world.

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Re-powered Wind ~No Notice Required

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Proposed changes to Ontario legislation would allow major changes to existing wind facilities such as re-powering to occur without notice to municipalities, no additional environmental assessments…

Your comments are needed by January 18, 2019

Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 274/18, Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities

End of onshore wind turbines in Poland by 2040

The end of onshore wind turbines in Poland|Jean-Pierre Riou|December 17, 2018

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On the eve of COP 24 in Katowice, the 2040 Polish Energy Policy Polityki energetycznej Polski (PEP)  was unveiled and will remain in public consultation until 15 January 2019.

While Poland has the privilege of having virtually all of its energy resources on its own soil, it plans an ambitious program to drastically reduce the share of coal to 60% of the electricity mix in 2030 and 30 % by 2040, instead of 80% currently.

The project plans to increase electricity consumption from 165 TWh in 2018 to 232 TWh in 2040.

His presentation highlights the competitive nature of nuclear energy, whose competitiveness must be materialized by the commissioning of 6 additional nuclear power plants starting in 2033 with a new plant every 2 years .

In a forum , Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzzwski had mentioned the opportunity for the country, which already has 300 entities in this field, to develop highly qualified jobs.

This energy programming focuses on gas transiently, as well as on renewable energies such as geothermal energy and especially offshore wind and solar energy.

The big surprise is the decision to remove the onshore wind turbines from the Polish landscape by 2040 .

The graph below shows the program of evolution of their installed capacity, starting with a slight increase intended to support the role of the gas before the commissioning of the first nuclear power station. Then their rapid suppression until their near disappearance as early as 2040.

POWER OF TERRESTRIAL WIND POWER PLANTS IN POLAND (in MW)

 ( Source of the infographic Ministry of Energy )

Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski justified this choice with strong opposition from the Polish population .

Wind turbines and public health

In an August 2016 opinion , translated into French by “Le Mont Champot”, the Polish Public Health Institute (NIZP) called for a minimum distance between wind turbines and dwellings of 2 km by considering “that wind farms located too close to buildings intended for permanent human habitation are likely to have a negative impact on the well-being and health of people living nearby. “

This opinion mentions in particular the need for a precautionary distance between “1.5-3.0 km, based on the sound level, taking into account the modulation, the low frequencies and the infrasound levels” .

At the time of its publication, the opinion referred to the study of 487 scientific publications on the subject, by a link, broken since: http://www.pzh.gov.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/03 /Stanowisko-NIZP-PZH-Farmy-wiatrowe-Bibliografia.pdf an extract of the first and last page are reproduced below.

Polish scientists are also not left out on this subject, particularly through studies on the physiological effects of exposure to wind turbines on goose farms and another on pigs , depending on the distance between them. machines and their place of breeding.

In the same year, Poland passed a law prohibiting the construction of wind turbines at a distance of less than 10 times the height of machinery .

Of flexibility to this law had been made this fall at the approach of the COP24.

But the Polish energy policy by 2040 therefore plans to be more protective.

At the opening of COP 24, its president, Michal Kurtyka, imposed a social justice component calling on all participants to sign the ”  Silesia Declaration for a Just and Inclusive Transition “, in order to avoid this transition. ecological can be the place of business for some and the burden for others.

By proposing the end of onshore wind turbines, this draft program also recalls that no economic or political objective should prevail over the well-being and health of individuals.

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No time to be silent

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Advocating for the return of silent nights free from industrial wind turbine installation noise and the return of our natural dark skies.

DEADLINE TO COMMENT~ January 18, 2019

Ontario is playing fast and fancy with recent amendments to the renamed Green Energy Act.  It is not the time to be silent.   Use your voice and let them know what you think about Grand Fathering existing renewable energy approvals (REA) of  industrial wind turbine complexes being built and those operated in our province.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also proposing a regulation to address transition issues related to restoring municipal planning authority.

The proposed regulation would:

  • establish the transition rules for grandfathering existing renewable energy projects, as these projects may not comply with municipal planning documents and would require regulatory protection to continue
  • provide that, despite its repeal, section 62.0.2 of the Planning Act would continue to apply to specific renewable energy projects in specific circumstances.

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4040

Oppose the recommendation to simply grandfather existing renewable facilities and to protect these projects as they continue to be the cause of adverse health injuries, trespass and havoc across Ontario.

Grandfather;  aka forgiven

Short List:

  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to resolve, to the complainants satisfaction  aka the 4500+ complaints and growing provincially.
  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to address and resolve the water well destruction to the satisfaction of all affected well owners.
  • Advocate fiercely for a health hazard investigation – Please reference Dr Bray’s recent letter Riina_Bray_IWT_Niagara recent and independent researcher Carmen Krogh’s documents.
  • Cancel the contracts.

CEASE TO OPERATEReverse the onus of no harm back to the industry and have them prove the safety of their electrical generation. (to include testing and resolution of impacts of noise such as infra sound, low frequency, non- ionizing radiation, stray voltage, EMFs and all the other discharges and emissions from these installations and their associated infrastructures)

Addition: looks like we have more work to do!

Please don’t go silent now!

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4265

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-3800

Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study- A Review

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A new paper has just been published.  It is open access.

Krogh, C. M. , Dumbrille, A. , McMurtry, R. Y. , James, R. , Rand, R. W. , Nissenbaum, M. A. , Aramini, J. J. and Ambrose, S. E. (2018). Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study—A Review Exploring Research Challenges, Methods, Limitations and Uncertainties of Some of the Findings. Open Access Library Journal, 5, e5046. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1105046  

or  http://www.oalib.com/articles/5301313#.XBr6_PSno9M

Wind Turbine Application Denied

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69 News|By: Will Lewis| December 18, 2018

Wind Turbine Application Denied by Penn Forrest Township

ENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – The winds of change won’t be blowing through Penn Forest Township, Carbon County as the zoning board denies an application of a company for the second time.

The issue has been debated for the last two years and one resident says the decision means it will be a good Christmas.

The company, Atlantic Wind, wanted to build 27 to 28 wind turbines on the land owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority.

“There was not maybe one thing, but there was noise, there was runoff, there was the wind farm syndrome,” said Paul Fogal, a member of the Penn Forest township zoning board. “There’s all sorts of different things that made us come to a collective decision.”

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Industrial Wind Turbine Impact Statement Project

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Notice of Harm

We are compiling a bundle of 1-page victim impact statements to assist the Premier of Ontario and top PC Ministers in understanding the direct impacts wind turbines are having on our lives with the hope of finding some acknowledgement and relief. 

The amount of information that has been sent into the government in the last decade is enormous but we don’t know how much of it survived Liberal government handling.

We are asking, just one more time, for as many as possible to take part in this effort.

We’ve worked to put a one-page-per-person statement together with a place for a photograph of you/ family/pets/; whatever you think will give your statement the most personal touch.  Each household can fill out one for all OR each household can fill out one for each person.  There are no age boundaries for this one either.

You can fill in the page, attach to an email and send to Barb Ashbee at  barbashbee1@gmail.com  Send the photo as well please and we will attach it to your page.

OR

you can fill in the one-page statement, attach your photo

OR

print off,hand write your responses, attach photo and mail to:

Lorrie Gillis

354177 Osprey Artemesia 

R.R.4 Flesherton, Ont. N0C 1E0

Please respond by Nov. 24th, 2018 ~ (*late entries will still be accepted)

If you need any help with doing your statement, please don’t hesitate to call or email. 

One more important thing to do if you are able is to actually list who you have met with by name ie: MPP-name, MP- name, Ministers or Ministry critics, Environmental Commissioner, bureaucrats,Field Officers, office managers, Public Health units/contacts, Medical Officers of Health, Ombudsman and etc.  A separate page has been put together for you to fill out with the information.

Sincerely,

Barb Ashbee barbashbee1@gmail.com

Lorrie Gillis lpcgillis@bmts.com 519-922-3072

Sherri Lange

Victim Impact Statements project

Impact statement re Govt meetings

Niagara Wind ~ What Do You Want to Tell Them?

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Boralex understands the value of including multiple voices in the discussion regarding the use, operation and maintenance of the Niagara Region Wind Farm.We know that good planning involves the community as a key partner and we are inviting the public to share their ideas, express their concerns and submit their questions by email at info@nrwf.ca. Detailed information about the Niagara Region Wind Farm is available at Niagara Region Wind

Peaceful Presence 2018 @ Niagara Wind

Never underestimate the strength, determination and persistence of strong women.   On November 2, 2018  in cold wet and windy weather,  members of the mothers made our presence known to the local office for the Niagara Wind Project that concerns are unresolved and our work to seek justice and remedy is unabated.

“Citizens pulled in to ask what was going on.  A lady and husband parked across the road and came over to engaged. A generous citizen brought us 3 coffees and gave us props with comments including he has respect for what we do. A lot of vehicles honked and waved.  Many thumbs up.

It was a great presence!”

 

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